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Shooting hoops to mend police-citizen relationship

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

5th grader Kiandre Cannon spent his afternoon playing basketball with some not-so-likely teammates.
"It's fun to go help out my community," said Kiandre.
The 3 on 3 “Stop the Silence” tournament involved a number of police departments Saturday afternoon. The goal was to bring the Flint community together through basketball. Each participant signed an individual violence pledge.
"The pledge is to agree to report a crime to any responsible adult, a parent, teacher, or police officer," said Leigh Golden, Flint Police Captain.
Golden says building a connection between police officers and adolescents can be a challenge.
"They need to know that there's nothing to be scared about, these guys are just here to help,” said Matt Mclure, a Flint resident.
"We get to communicate and have fun with each other. Instead of being bad we get to come play basketball instead,” said Taevion Rushing, another Flint resident.
In it's fourth year, "Stop the Silence" is a free event for children ages 7 and up. Both boys and girls can participate.

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